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|Red Cross Advises Against Travelling to Haiti, Urges Help at Home
|The head of the local chapter of the Red Cross says there are plenty of people who would like to travel to Haiti to help the country recover from the recent devastating earthquake there, but their parent organization says as of right now, giving in other ways is much better.
Western Illinois Red Cross Executive Director Carrie Bernett says she's had a lot of interest from local people who have wanted to travel to Haiti to provide assistance to crews there, but she says the national chapter is advising against it.
Bernett tells WGIL it's solely a matter of safety an expertise that is keeping them from encouraging volunteers to travel there.
"The International Red Cross has a team that's going down there, and they're more experienced in dealing with situations of disasters like this," Bernett said.
Bernett tells WGIL that's not to say that local residents aren't acting in a way we've all come to expect in any time of tragedy.
"This town has been really generous donating money and wanting to donate their time to do down and help with Haiti," Bernett said.
Bernett says she's received over $6,000 worth of donations into her office just for Haiti Relief. She says that doesn't include how much local residents might have given by going to the American Red Cross website, or by sending a text message and having 10 dollars added to their cellular phone bills.
But Bernett says as generous as people are with Haiti relief, she doesn't want residents to forget about needs here at home, and she cites any of a number of local house fires her office has responded to throughout the winter in Knox, Warren, and Henderson Counties.
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